The sickening results of a “lock and load” mentality may finally be registering with the death of five people in the recent shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents. Then again, the lessons of this moment could once more be totally lost.
They may be lost because few people are aware today of how deep the problem of violence goes.
We think it only goes as deep as a culture of film and TV violence, or a habit of violent games, or a constitution in which the right to bear arms is enshrined.
But many of the subtexts of a culture of violence have never even risen to the surface of society’s consciousness. They are almost totally unknown and operate as an unsuspected drag on consciousness.
For instance, the mass of the population doesn’t know at this time that the government itself engineered the worst violence against Americans. It doesn’t know that the government and its agencies brought down the Murrah building in Oklahoma or the Twin Towers or the Pentagon.
It doesn’t know that its own government planned the internment of large numbers of Americans in FEMA camps, that its own government regularly schedules chemtrail flights that cause death by Morgellon’s Disease, and is behind the insertion of chemicals in food and water that cause sickness, or behind extreme weather, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
It doesn’t know that its own government planned to bring the world’s population down from its present size of nearly 7 billion to 500 million and that deep underground military bunkers exist to house those whom the government intended to survive a nuclear war, which would cull the population of “useless eaters.”
Having said that, you would think that I would be the first to insist on the citizen’s right to bear arms against such a government, that I would say that this proves that citizens cannot trust their own leaders and must have the means to oppose them.
But in fact the problem goes deeper than simply the bearing of arms or violent opposition to a treacherous government.
The problem lies with violence itself.
The citizen’s right to bear arms is meaningless without the citizen’s right to fire arms. But any implement of violence is not a peacemaker. It’s a violencemaker. Peace is not made or kept through violence. Violence only leads to more violence.
The problem goes much deeper than simply having an adequate means of defense. It goes to having an adequate means to live, to live freely, to live fully. The problem lies with looking upon violence as an answer to any problem. Anything associated with violence is what must go.
At any other time in our history, we might think that there was no hope for a general appeal to end violence itself. But not at this time. I realize I am speaking to a small group here – perhaps numbering 6,000 readers of this site at the most. The rest of society would regard us as hopeless idealists, though they won’t perhaps a year from now.
But that which serves as the glue that binds us is the knowledge that there is no future to violence, that a way of life founded on peace and harmony is not only possible, but that the opportunity to found such a society is here before us now.
We are the first generation of people who are actually aware of a viable, realistic opportunity to end violence forever on this planet. We are the first generation to know that the possibility of ending violence on the planet is not only before us, but can be touched, felt, and savored. We are the first generation whose efforts have the likelihood of producing a world without war, a world at peace.
Everything we discuss in these pages, read by so few, will one day be shouted from the rooftops – the liberation of the planet from violence, the observance of natural law, the sharing of wealth, the ending of war. It is not ours at this time to cower before seemingly-endless threats of violence in the form of the killing of wildlife or the loosing of extreme weather or the assassination of our brothers and sisters. This is not the time for us to be cowed at all.
It is not the time to falter before leaders who show themselves unfit to lead because they base their leadership upon the legitimacy of violence. The right to oppose and relinquish is not the right to bear arms or not bear arms. The right to oppose and relinquish is the supposed right to violence. There is no such right in God’s Kingdom.
The right to acknowledge and support is the sovereign right of individuals to decide for themselves what life they will lead, providing they do not infringe on the rights of others. The right to support is the right of individuals to choose what religion they will follow, what lifestyle they will enjoy, what ends they will serve and what means employ. The ultimate right is enshrined in the universal Law of Free Will and the peaceful acceptance that it applies to all, with no room for compulsion.
We stand on the verge of a new way of life. But that new way of life will not birth itself if we carry into the new era our old ways of violence and the use of force. If we want to birth the new era, then every one of us will need to renounce violence. At no time in human history could I have said that and expect a realistic outcome save now. No other time has existed when we could realistically consider such a sweeping and fundamental course of action as we can at this moment.
This is the time to renounce violence, in every form, in defense of every outcome. This is the time to separate ourselves from violence and forced outcomes. This is the moment to refrain, to stop. This is the moment to choose peace. This is the moment to breathe in a life without compulsion. This is the moment to trust.
Never before could what we renounce have such an impact as our renunciation of violence could have now. This is an historic moment to choose peace, totally, irrevocably, as a nation, as a culture, as a world.